This from the Korea Times
Shocking Test Scores - Incompetent Teachers, Wrong Methods Ruin English Education
The average score of 272 middle and high school teachers who took the [TOEIC] test last year was 718. ... In yet another indication of the problem, 39 teachers failed to earn 568 points, the average for middle-school students who took the test.
The TOEIC test exists in such a parallel reality that, as more and more companies are realising, a person with a super-high score may well not actually have a very good grasp of English. For that, I hereby award it the prize for World's Most Useless English Language Test. (The statuette is in the shape of a chocolate teapot.)
TOEIC may not tell all - but it may say a lot about teachers’ overall linguistic proficiency and Korea’s English education. ... Some say TOEIC is not a comprehensive gauge because it focuses only on reading and listening comprehension.
To be honest with you, I'd say it says pretty much the opposite: it has next to nothing to say about a person's linguistic proficiency. And the fact that the results are understood as if they do only says that Korea's English education is overly reliant on the TOEIC test, right?
Today's reply said this:
Who Is to Blame? - by Lena K. Swiadek, Pundang
[M]y spouse was asked by the principal (who, by the way, does not speak English) to employ methods straight from the Middle Ages, based on the assumption that ... repetition is the mother of learning. Also, the materials chosen for teaching are not stimulating enough, not to say simplistic; while the number of books covered in a term is mistakenly taken for the sign of progress.
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